The Grindle Witch

How To Train Your De­mon

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: 2 April 272 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Au­thor: Benjamin J My­ers Pub­lisher: Orion Chil­dren’s Books

When the Jolly fam­ily moves from the big city to an idyl­lic coun­try vil­lage, teenage Jack is ex­pect­ing his sum­mer to be pretty bor­ing. But Grindle has a dark his­tory, and Jack’s crush on a lo­cal girl leads him into all kinds of su­per­nat­u­ral trou­ble.

Sev­eral mytho­log­i­cal nas­ties turn up; there’s a magic black­smith, and a creepy de­mon hunter. Still, the su­per­nat­u­ral stuff is of­ten eas­ier to swallow than the daft de­ci­sions the teenagers make. Benjamin My­ers uses some bizarre metaphors and turns of phrase. When it works, the style en­hances the eerie at­mos­phere; when it doesn’t, it just seems clunky and ar­chaic. But the story is well­paced and com­pelling, with a few un­ex­pected twists. Like Grindle it­self, The Grindle Witch has its quirks, but it’s def­i­nitely not bor­ing. Sarah Dobbs If any­one should know about fight­ing bad­dies, it’s au­thor Benjamin J My­ers – a qual­i­fied bat­tle­field sur­vival in­struc­tor.

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